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  • For and against ownership: William Godwin's theory of property 

    Lamb, Robert (Cambridge University Press, 2009-03)
    This article offers an interpretation of British philosopher William Godwin's theory of property ownership, as outlined in his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. Godwin's work can be read as presenting an incoherent ...
  • The foundations of Godwinian impartiality 

    Lamb, Robert (Cambridge University Press, 2006-06)
    William Godwin is often cited in contemporary philosophical discussions of ethical impartiality, within which he functions as a sort of shorthand for a particularly crude and extreme act-utilitarianism, one that contains ...
  • Liberty, Equality and the Boundaries of Ownership: Thomas Paine's Theory of Property' 

    Lamb, Robert (Cambridge University Press, 2010-09-10)
    Thomas Paine is customarily regarded as a pamphleteer, rhetorician, and polemicist rather than a significant political theorist. This article takes the philosophical content of Paine’s thought seriously and argues that ...
  • The meaning of charity in Locke's political thought 

    Lamb, Robert; Thompson, Benjamin (SAGE Publications, 2009-04)
    The recent ‘religious turn’ within Locke scholarship has stressed the need to understand his theological commitments when approaching his political thought. One area of interpretation that has been completely transformed ...
  • Quentin Skinner's revised historical contextualism: a critique 

    Lamb, Robert (SAGE Publications, 2009-08)
    Since the late 1960s Quentin Skinner has defended a highly influential form of linguistic contextualism for the history of ideas, originally devised in opposition to established methodological orthodoxies like the ‘great ...
  • Was William Godwin a Utilitarian? 

    Lamb, Robert (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009-01)
    The aim of this article is to discuss whether the political thought of the late eighteenth-century British philosopher William Godwin--as expressed in his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, published in three different ...
  • William Godwin on the morality of freedom 

    Lamb, Robert (Imprint Academic, 2007)
    This article argues that a commitment to individual freedom plays a crucial role in William Godwin's utilitarian political theory. In his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, Godwin argues that morality is grounded not ...